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Nia Griffith MP has been in Llanelli library to encourage children to enjoy reading by participating in the Summer Reading Challenge.

The programme is aimed at Primary School aged children, with the purpose of getting them to read over the summer holidays,. The six week scheme, run by the charity The Reading Agency with the purpose of encouraging independent reading, is on offer in 98% of public libraries across the UK.  Each year the Reading Challenge themes change and, this year, in conjunction with Roald Dahl’s 100 birthday celebrations, his most important themes have been chosen, namely friendship, adventure, mischief, invention, wordplay and champions.

Nia explained, ‘Encouraging children to read over the summer holidays is both good for them educationally, and is also great fun. But it needs to be appealing and capture their imagination, so I am delighted that this year’s themes are based on Roald Dahl, a real favourite with children.  I also hope that by coming into choose book, children and parents will enjoy the modern, welcoming atmosphere in our libraries across Carmarthenshire.”

“Llanelli library has so much to offer in terms of facilities for young and old alike, and it’s no surprise that it’s one of the most popular public libraries in the UK. As well as pleasant communal and coffee areas, the  library offers a wide range of learning facilities including help on computers,  whether it is to access job opportunities or to do follow up on family history research.  So let’s make sure we use them. A big thank you to the County’s Head of Libraries Mr Mark Jewell and his team for their hard work.”

Summer readingh challenge mash up